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The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles                  Vocabulary list  5

1.         protocol [101] – the customs and regulations dealing with ceremonies and etiquette; the way things are done [almost as firm as written laws sometimes]

2.         petulant [101] – peevish; irritated; pouting

3.         nonentity [102] – a person or thing  of no importance; something which does not exist, or exists only in imagination

4.         deference [102] – respect; show of respect

5.         myopic [112] – nearsighted; seeing only close things clearly

6.         deferential [113] – respectful [see deference]

7.         cloying [113] – weary from an excess of [often food, but not necessarily so]; sickened

8.         facsimile [113] – copy

9.         insipid – 114] – without distinctive, interesting, or attractive qualities; without sufficient taste to be pleasing [as food or drink]; uninteresting; boring

10.         exonerate [115] – clear, as of a charge; free from blame; excuse; relieve from an obligation

11.      recalcitrant [118] – resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant

12.      exophthalmic [118] – having prominent eyes

13.      perversity [123] – stubbornness; hard-headedness; contrariness

14.      succor [124] – help; aid; relief; assistance [can be a noun or a verb]

15.      callous [125] hard; unfeeling; uncaring

16.      enigma [125] – puzzle

17.      duplicity [129] – deceitfulness in speech or conduct; speaking or acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive; being two-faced; double-dealing

18.      heretic [131] – a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his church or rejects doctrines prescribed by his church

19.      helot [131] – slave; serf; bondman

20.      duenna [134] – an older woman serving as escort or protector of a young lady; governess; chaperon

English IV